Rabbits are herbivores, so the best baits to use to attract them to your live trap are plant-based. Below, the experts at Havahart® share their top baiting suggestions as well as other useful tips about rabbits.
Best Rabbit Baits
Rabbits are strict herbivores that feed mainly on grasses, leafy greens, root vegetables and some fruits. If you have a garden, identify what types of foods your rabbit is stealing and use those as bait to lure rabbits inside your trap. Otherwise, a quick trip to the supermarket or your pantry will provide some great options.
Best rabbit baits include:
How to Bait a Rabbit Trap
Once you choose your bait it is critical that you position it the proper way to achieve a successful catch. Placing your bait is one of the most important steps when trapping a wild rabbit.
Well-positioned bait achieves the following:
Lure the majority of the rabbit's body into the trap.
Causes the rabbit to set off the door trigger by engaging the metal plate.
Considers the guidelines below, based upon the trap type (1-door vs. 2-door).
1-DOOR TRAP - Position bait at the END
Bait should be directly behind the trigger plate, away from the trap walls.
2-DOOR TRAP - Position bait at the CENTER
Bait should be located in the center of the trap. Some ways to achieve this include placing the bait directly on the trigger pan, burying it in the ground underneath the pan, or hanging it from the top of your trap.
Expert Baiting Tips
Pour some apple cider into a spray bottle, and spray it thoroughly on the inside of your trap. The cider will serve two purposes: its apple scent will lure rabbits into the cage and cover up any human scent that may deter rabbits from entering.
Create a trail of bait from outside of the trap to help guide the rabbit in.
Trapping a rabbit requires more than just the right bait and baiting techniques. For a full step-by-step guide to trapping rabbits, read How to Trap a Rabbit
Havahart® offers more baiting tips in the article How to Bait a Trap
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